Approved medical abbreviations and The Joint Commission
What is JCAHO?
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
Our Mission: To continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.
Vision Statement: All people always experience the safest, highest quality, best-value health care across all settings.
How does this relate to Medical Terminology?
JCAHO provides standards for accreditation and certification. Working in a health care environment, employees will have to follow those standards. It is important to know the terminology that is acceptable for accreditation. You can print out the standards from website by clicking here: Joint Commission E-dition
On the website, there are facts about National Patient Safety Goals, Look-alike/Sound-alike drug list, and “Do Not Use” Abbreviation list.
Download the National Patient Safety Goals | Joint Commission from the official Joint Commission website.
What is an Approved Medical Abbreviation list?
For the individual organization or facility, it is an approach to standardizing abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols. Individuals that work in that organization or facility, understand the purpose of the identified list and which abbreviation, acronyms, symbols, and terms will be used to eliminate any ambiguity.